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9:20 AM ET, January 23, 2021

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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump and Justice Dept. Lawyer Said to Have Plotted to Oust Acting Attorney General  —  Trying to find another avenue to push his baseless election claims, Donald Trump considered installing a loyalist.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department's top leaders listened in stunned silence this month …
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Washington Post:
Trump entertained plan to install an attorney general who would help him pursue baseless election fraud claims  —  Then-President Donald Trump in early January entertained a plan to replace the acting attorney general with a different Justice Department lawyer who was more amenable to pursuing …
Discussion: HotAir, emptywheel, Mediaite and Raw Story
George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
Former president, private citizen and, perhaps, criminal defendant: … The question came out of the blue and has haunted me ever since.  It was Jan. 17, 2017, three days before Donald Trump's swearing-in, and my wife and I sat with him in the near-empty main cabin aboard …
Discussion: Raw Story, BuzzFeed News and Lawfare
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Biden administration weighs turning over Trump tax returns to House Democrats  —  House Democrats have renewed their long-stalled demand for former president Donald Trump's federal tax records, but the Biden administration has not decided whether it will drop its predecessor's objections …
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Kevin McCarthy: ‘Everybody Across This Country’ Is To Blame For Capitol Attack  —  Donald Trump is responsible for the Jan. 6 riot, but so are you, according to the House Republican leader.  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) attracted attention last week when he said in a floor speech …
Discussion: New York Post
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CNN:
McConnell privately says he wants Trump gone as Republicans quietly lobby him to convict
CNN:
Prospects of convicting Trump erode as GOP grows vocal against Senate impeachment proceedings
Tom Balmforth / Reuters:
Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny's supporters to rally for his release despite warnings  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were set to confront Russian authorities on Saturday at nationwide rallies that the police have declared illegal and vowed to break up.
Discussion: Cyprus Mail
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Georgi Kantchev / Wall Street Journal:
Russia Detains Hundreds as Protesters Rally for Jailed Opposition Leader Navalny  —  Unsanctioned demonstrations across the country are a test for the Putin critic's movement and a fresh challenge to the Kremlin  —  MOSCOW—Thousands of people across Russia took to the streets in support …
Discussion: TheJournal.ie and Cyprus Mail
New York Times:
Navalny Protests: Live Updates as Mass Rallies Sweep Across Russia  —  The poisoning and arrest of Aleksei A. Navalny set off nationwide protests, beginning in the Far East, where people braved temperatures of minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  Thousands gathered in central Moscow …
Discussion: CNN, Bloomberg and Foreign Policy
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Giuliani concedes that an associate did ask for $20,000 a day to help Trump post-election.  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, former President Donald J. Trump's personal lawyer, conceded on Friday night that an associate had sent an email to campaign officials asking that Mr. Giuliani be paid $20,000 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Ciralsky / Vanity Fair:
“The President Threw Us Under the Bus”: Embedding With Pentagon Leadership in Trump's Chaotic Last Week  —  Throughout the final, frenzied days of the Trump administration, a reporter rode shotgun with the outgoing acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller, the man who …
Discussion: emptywheel and Raw Story
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Trump COVID task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx says she “always” considered quitting  —  Dr. Deborah Birx, the former coordinator of the Trump White House's Coronavirus Task Force, says nothing in her four decades of public service prepared her for the chaotic Trump White House …
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Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:   Criticized by science community and Trump, Deborah Birx said she ‘always’ considered quitting
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Birx: I always considered quitting Trump's White House Covid task force
Discussion: Politico
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Sen. Tom Cotton campaigned on his “experience as an Army Ranger” — but he didn't have any  —  Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas has accrued a resume tailor-made for a Republican politician: He leapt from a small-town Arkansas cattle farm to Harvard University and then Harvard Law School …
The Daily Beast:
MyPillow CEO Hires Gawker-Killing Lawyer to Go After Daily Mail for Jane Krakowski Affair Story  —  The tabloid story “damaged my integrity as a Christian,” Lindell said to The Daily Beast in confirming he has retained the Trump lawyer most infamous for taking on media outlets.
Discussion: UPROXX and Raw Story
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Deena Winter / Minnesota Reformer:   Mike Lindell's chaotic rise threatened by new adversity
New York Times:
Trump's Last-Minute Pardon Frees Man Still Facing Accusations of Violence  —  Jonathan Braun's 10-year sentence for running a drug ring was commuted by the departing president.  The White House did not mention that he faces separate accusations of violence and threats.
Discussion: Check Your Fact
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Biden administration ousts Victoria Coates, who was falsely accused of being ‘Anonymous’  —  Victoria Coates, who was hired as the president of the government-funded Middle East Broadcasting Networks in the waning days of Donald Trump's presidency, has been fired by the Biden administration, she told POLITICO.
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Is That a Rolex on Biden's Wrist?  —  Recent presidents not named Trump have tended to wear Everyman timepieces such as Timex and Shinola.  —  President Biden may cast his arrival in the White House as a return to business as usual at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but there's at least …
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
A New Era of Unity  —  Interested in penetrating, good-faith discourse and not misinterpreting jokes?  Here's a great newsletter option for you!  —  7 hr ago  —  In light of recent events, I've decided to spend more time with my family.  —  Seriously, though, can you spend …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Josh Hawley's ludicrous clean-up act is in full swing  —  Sen. Josh Hawley has a problem.  The Missouri Republican thought he had cleverly spied an opening: He grabbed an early role as lead promoter of our former president's scheme to get his allies to overturn the election by objecting …
New York Times:
Biden apologizes after some National Guard troops were told to sleep in a parking garage.  —  President Biden on Friday called the chief of the National Guard Bureau to apologize after troops who had been brought in to protect his inauguration were ordered to sleep in an unheated parking garage …
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
How Alvin the Beagle Helped Usher in a Democratic Senate  —  Senator Raphael Warnock was sworn in this week as Georgia's first Black senator, and he arrived with a canny canine assist.  —  The dog had a lot of work to do.  —  He was co-starring in a political ad that had to showcase the candidate's good-natured warmth.
Don Thompson / Associated Press:
California keeps key virus data out of public sight  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has from the start said his coronavirus policy decisions would be driven by data shared with the public to provide maximum transparency.  —  But with the state starting to emerge …
Law & Crime:
‘Zip Tie Guy’ Who Invaded the Capitol with His Mom Ordered Released Before Trial  —  Spotted at the U.S. Capitol insurrection with his mother and hopping around the Senate while holding tactical restraints, so-called “zip tie guy” Eric Gavelek Munchel's image was blasted around the world on Jan. 6 …
Prime Minister of Canada:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with the President of the United States of America Joe Biden  —  Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden.  The two leaders agreed to meet next month in order to advance the important work …
Discussion: The Hill
Jura Koncius / Washington Post:
Vice President Harris to stay at Blair House while official residence undergoes repairs  —  Although they've had to put off their move into the official vice president's residence, Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff are in very good hands.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Politico
Toby Eckert / Politico:
Judge orders Treasury to notify Trump before giving up tax returns  —  A federal judge on Friday ordered the Treasury Department to give attorneys for former President Donald Trump 72 hours' notice if it decides to turn over Trump's federal tax returns to House Democrats.
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Examiner
Business Insider:
CEOs are steering clear of Fox News' Maria Bartiromo and denying her interviews, sources say … - Some CEOs are denying interviews to Maria Bartiromo as she gets ready to try out on Fox News' opinion lineup.  — Sources say Bartiromo's noncritical Trump interview and controversial political statements …
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Texas Supreme Court Silently Denies Alex Jones All Forms of Relief: Sandy Hook Families and Others Can Now Sue Conspiracy Theorist and InfoWars into the Ground  —  An empire built on conjecture, conspiracy and a series of fake homeopathic cures for various ailments stands to be sued into oblivion …
Abigail Shrier / Wall Street Journal:
Joe Biden's First Day Began the End of Girls' Sports  —  An executive order rigs competition by requiring that biological boys be allowed to compete against girls.  —  Amid Inauguration Day talk of shattered glass ceilings, on Wednesday President Biden delivered a body blow to the rights of women and girls …
Washington Post:
Biden sticks to vaccine goals nearly met by his predecessor  —  The accelerating pace of inoculations suggests he inherited a program poised to meet his target of 100 million doses in 100 days  —  When President Biden announced in early December that his administration would aim …
Discussion: CNN and TheBlaze
Robby Soave / Reason:
Cancel Culture Comes for Will Wilkinson  —  Will Wilkinson is a vice president at the left-leaning Niskanen Center, a contributing writer at The New York Times, and someone who has frequently quarreled with me about so-called cancel culture.  (I think it's generally bad when people are fired …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
An FAA Employee And QAnon Follower Was On The FBI's Radar.  Then He Stormed The Capitol.  —  Kevin Strong reportedly believed that the insurrection on Jan. 6 would lead to World War III.  —  A Federal Aviation Administration employee who subscribed to the QAnon conspiracy theory …
 
 
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Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Energy Pick Set to Make Millions from Prominent Energy Company
Virginia Kruta / The Daily Caller:
‘I Was Lied To’: Meghan McCain Lashes Out At Biden, Fauci And Amazon Over COVID Hypocrisy
Discussion: Instapundit and Breitbart
Murray Waas / The Guardian:
Jeff Sessions impeded inquiry into role in Trump's family separation policy
Washington Post:
Partly hidden by isolation, many of the nation's schoolchildren struggle with mental health
Alene Tchekmedyian / Los Angeles Times:
California attorney general launches civil rights probe of L.A. County Sheriff's Department
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Democrats to target IRS in probe of tax-exempt pro-Trump groups that organized rally before Capitol riot
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Maybe Joe Biden can rescue Saturdays
Reuters:
Special Report: How U.S. CDC missed chances to spot COVID's silent spread
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Flashback Friday: Remember When A Trump Campaign Adviser Said He Would Eat His Shoe If Trump Lost?
Joe Patrice / Above the Law:
Hobbit Law Cited In Wacky Trump-Loving Lawsuit To Overturn Election
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Don't Worry About Joe Manchin
Discussion: The Hill